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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 19, 2008 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Great live songs of the 90's

Most of the shows I saw were in the Wellnick/Hornsby era, so I have an abiding interest in exploring those often-underappreciated shows. But rather than focus on particular shows, I'd like to hear about particular songs that people like. I know for me, there are a few that I return to again and again. I'm talking about songs from live shows that would stack up against songs from other Dead eras.

Here are a few to get us started. I don't claim that these are the BEST versions, but they are mainly drawn from shows that I attended, hence the bias.

First, four songs from one of the best shows I saw, the March 17, 1991 show at the Cap Center.

Hell in a Bucket - 3/17/91: Fierce version.

Queen Jane - 3/17/91: All sweetness. Jerry sounds so nice on guitar and back-ups.

Reuben and Cherise - 3/17/91: The first ever and a great performance.

Black Peter - 3/17/91: Amazing fanning from Jerry at the end. Really heartfelt

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-03-17.sbd.miller.28295.sbeok.flacf


Might as Well - 3/20/91: Sizzling set closer. First one in a long while.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-03-20.sbd.miller.fixed-98038.93177.sbeok.flac16


Throwin' Stones -> Iko - 6/20/91: Beginning of an unprecedented second set Throwin' sandwich. Amazing transition. This is also a pretty great Aud recording. Also available from the Dead.net download series. One of the most memorable shows I saw.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-06-20.aud.ladner.2187.sbeok.shnf


Shakedown St - 6/22/91
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-06-22.sbd.unknown.29057.sbeok.shnf


Scarlet -> Fire - 9/4/91: Best I ever saw.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-09-04.sbd.gardner.5558.sbeok.shnf


Dark Star -> Last Time - 6/8/92: Was pissed that they cut Dark Star short, but it's a pretty nice combo, actually.


Bird Song - 6/8/93: Amazing jam. Best one I ever saw.


And three songs from the 6/9/93 show at the Palace in Michigan stand out:

Bertha - 6/9/93: Terrific version to close the first set. Sounds like 1982.

China -> Rider - 6/9/93: Amazing energy. Jerry is totally dialed-in.

Wharf Rat - 6/9/93: Listen to the jamming at the close of this one.

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 19, 2008 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Thought I'd mention some of the songs they broke out in the early part of the decade that I really enjoy hearing, especially for the first time. Rain, Lucy In The Sky,Matilda,Corinna(can go into some sweet jamming,love the keyboards),I Fought The Law is nice,Baba O' Riley,Childhood's End. On 3/16/92 they did "Train To Cry",for the last time-and I did witness this finale at the Spectrum while in college. On a side "note" I was also at two of the shows where Billy used the locomotive airhorn to blow us all away. Sweeeeet!(6/15/92 and 3/18/92). It was soooo loud! Great times! Oh yeah,also remember Barney the dinosaur playing bass on Iko-Iko when I saw 4/1/93 at Nassau.That show had a "Rain" encore,very nice. One more I'm partial to is Wave To The Wind-not a bad tune. I remember these years as being like the band was making a new start by incorporating these selections into their shows. It was quite a refreshing time for the band,me as well. I'm sure I've missed some of the,at the time, "new" songs but that's what I recall right now. Thanks for indulging me.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

12/19/94 - Days Between. I've posted this before, my wife and I were there and as he started singing she turned to me and said she thought Jer was dying on stage. He looked like a spent man on stage that night but he poured his heart and soul into that song, you could hear the pain and agony of everything he had gone through in his life manifest in words and music - it was pure fucking magic.

And then they closed with a very prophetic Brokedown.

It gives me chills just thinking about what we witnessed that night.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd94-12-19.sbd.vernon.20712.sbeok.shnf

I go through some very mixed emotions whenever I put this one in the CD player - it was the last show I saw and despite being so far out of my favorite years is a Top 3 for me. I hope you enjoy it.

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Poster: DireWharf Date: Nov 19, 2008 10:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

I second that emotion. I've checked out quite a few performances of Days Between that IA posters have recommended, and for me, 12-19-94 is THE ONE.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Thanks for this post, as I have a hard time finding stuff i really like in the '90's that i TRULY feel measures up to earlier eras. Usually what bums me out is that Jerry's vocals are so shot by this time, but there ARE exceptions, and I look fwd to hearing your suggestions.

For me, it's this BIRDSONG from one of the more celebrated 90's shows (and one I was fortunate enough to attend) w/Branford. The EYES from this show usually draws the most attention and with good reason, but this BIRDSONG is also worthy of any era as one of the greats:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-03-29.sbd.hinko.24996.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

10-31-91

Kesey rap at the end of Dark Star

HEAVY

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

I cant understand how you could forget the Playin' from 5/26/93?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-05-26.sbd.miller.27776.sbeok.flacf

I cant even listen to this crap, but WTF?

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

that's why i started the thread. to learn about other notable stuff from the 90s. i didn't say my list was comprehensive or even claim that they were the cream of the crop. just great performances.

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

8/21/93 - Standing on the Moon

http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-08-21.sbd.nawrocki.15035.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by Rings&Bells on 2008-11-19 22:58:49

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 19, 2008 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Very surprised you did not single out the New speedway boogie from that cap Centre gig. Coming out of Truckin they were on fire and to give the folks the first east coast version since it was dusted off is a pretty nifty moment. Great version.

And while it was not a Hornsby/Welnick era tune I can not think of a bad version or a night when I would not want hey Pocky way

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 20, 2008 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

yeah, you're right. new speedway was probably the highlight on 3/17/91. what a great show that was.

and thanks to whoever pointed out the dark star w/ kesey rap in oakland after bill graham died. chilling indeed. i forgot about that one.

speaking of bill graham's death, i'm pretty enthusiastic about the the stuff they played on 11/3/91 at the polo fields in san francisco. not really a great set for the Dead, but what a treat to hear them playing Born On The Bayou, Green River, Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary and Forever Young!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

I agree about 11/3. I think the 5 star rating that it gets is more for the event than the show itself

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 21, 2008 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

and the setlist!

The only "Born On The Bayou" - only "Green River" - only "Bad Moon Rising" - only "Proud Mary" - only "Forever Young."

I don't think they used any effects at that gig either, which is kinda cool too.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 21, 2008 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

there is an AIDS benefit gig in Oakland the summer of 89 (June or July) where the dead did their show and backed Fogerty for his set. Do you know if they did any of these tunes at that show?

Just curious

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 21, 2008 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

try here:

http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/john-fogerty-and-grateful-dead-concert/11964-3737671.html

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 19, 2008 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

2 words Jack Straw Even at the last show in 95 they managed to play it strong.
Best of 90's Maybe the JS from 6-6-91 but there were a lot of good ones.
Also the LLR from 6-23-90 will stack up to any version out there. Is that cheating since it's Brent era. If not the Knocking on Heavens from 2-25-90 is IMHO the best I've heard and Stella Blue from 6-17-90 is one of my favorites.
For Vince era listen to the posts above and delve deeply into the fall of 91 Can't remember the exact show but there was a 25+? Eyes at MSG that fall that was pure beauty and the only 90's version I've heard that can come close to the 70's stuff.
Also the Gloria's from 92,93 seem to be very strong too. Just listened to 5-27-93 and it blew my socks off. Also remember the 12-03-92 Gloria knocking my back a few steps live but haven't listened to it again to be sure.

This post was modified by barongsong on 2008-11-20 04:01:37

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Nov 19, 2008 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

I don't know a lot about 90's Dead, but the 3/16/94 Standing On The Moon and 9/18/94 So Many Roads are two very moving performances. two of my favorites. seriously.

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 19, 2008 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Foolish Heart


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-09-24.sbd.miller.tetzeli.fix-25939.35363.reflac.flac16

Bes sure to catch the last 2-3 minutes of Space....it's part of the joy.

This post was modified by high flow on 2008-11-20 00:05:27

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

One more, strictly for the novelty of it...

Take Me to the River - 4/1/95: an otherwise below-average show is saved by the first-ever Dead version of 'Take me to the River.'
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1995-04-01.sbd.unknown.581.shnf

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Try out these...

3-31-1991 Eyes Of The World
9-22-1991 He's Gone > Nobody's Fault But Mine

Sorry for not posting the links...

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 22, 2008 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

Dude I remember totally losing it in a good way on the mushy's during that HG> Nobody's Fault jam. One of those moments that's permanently implanted in my brain as, the best I ever saw. Guess I gotta listen to the recording sometime.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 19, 2008 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great live songs of the 90's

yes to both. That Sugar mag from the Boston garden show has to be in there as well